Making sense of strategy and
Censeo Consulting Group specializes in strategy and operations,
with a specific focus on mission driven organizations. The firm
tries to break away from the traditional consulting model by using
its own business model, one that is based on three main principles:
expertise and thought leadership, people and values-driven culture
and tangible impact for clients. Censeo works with clients in the
public, private, and non-profit sectors to dramatically improve
organizational and operational performance, thereby strengthening
their capacity to deliver more for every invested dollar. Depending
on the client, this could translate to results from lower student
tuition, improved environment, or more resources to create
Big fish in a small pond
Censeo Consulting Group has been recognized as one of the top
small consulting firms to work for. Despite competing with
70-hour-week Fortune 500 companies, Censeo marches to the beat of
its own drum with office culture, limiting working hours to prevent
employee burnout. The consulting world has taken notice, with
accolades from The Wall Street Journal and
Consulting magazine for being a great "small firm" to work
for. But the real proof is in the pudding: many of its principals
and managing directors come from the giants of the consulting
field: companies like Bain, McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Boston
Consulting Group, and more.
It is no accident that Censeo has been honored as a great place
to work. These distinctions are proof that the firm is following
its people-focused consulting model, with "people" referring both
to its clients and employees. The firm shifts attention to
employees by taking on exciting, intellectually challenging
projects, encouraging creativity and initiative, offering flexible
career paths, limiting travel, keeping reasonable hours, allowing
consultants to work where they choose and, of course, by offering
competitive salaries and benefits. The firm is convinced that this
approach will lead to both happier and more productive
One key to the firm's happy and healthy employees is its
willingness not only to limit travel, but also to allow employees
to work from home. All of Censeo's employees have the option to
work remotely and flexible schedules are an option for all staff
IN THE NEWS
Censeo and Public Spend Forum Release Study on Public
Sector IT Programs
Censeo Consulting Group and Public Spend
Forum released a report titled, "Billions in the Balance:
Removing Barriers to Competition and Driving Innovation in the
Public Sector IT Market." The study highlights the biggest
challenges facing public sector IT programs, including a
risk-averse "check the box" culture and a slow requirements and
procurement process that lock out small and larger suppliers alike,
depriving the government of much needed innovations available in
the market. Read the full press release here.
Censeo CEO Raj Sharma Speaks at Strategic Roundtable on
Women's Leadership in South Asia
Raj Sharma, CEO of Censeo Consulting Group, joined leaders from
across South Asia at a conference sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson
Center International Center for Scholars. Sharma spoke about the
importance of strong management practices to a well-functioning
Public Spend Forum and Censeo Consulting Group Launch IT
Procurement Study at Roundtable with Congressman Mike Honda and
Recognized IT Experts
Spend Forum, a community dedicated to transforming the way the
government manages procurement spending, hosted a roundtable in
Silicon Valley titled, "Public Sector IT Procurement Reform:
Private Sector Best Practices for Better Outcomes." The IT
procurement study, titled "Improving the Procurement and
Implementation of Large IT Programs in the Public Sector," is a
multi-faceted effort designed to help inform policies and process
improvements that can be undertaken by the federal government as
well as its private sector partners. Read the full press release here.
Censeo Expands into Higher Education Practice; Begins
with William and Mary Initiative
In January 2014 The College of William & Mary launched a
multi-year business innovation project, beginning with an 11-week
assessment by Censeo Consulting Group working with
William & Mary teams in several business process areas,
including HR, IT, facilities, procurement and finance. Read the full press release here.
Censeo Consulting Group Partners with Higher Achievement
to Deliver Pro-bono Consulting and Mentoring Support
In keeping with its vision to deliver positive impacts for its
clients, people and communities, Censeo Consulting Group has
developed a strategic partnership with Higher
Achievement, advising leadership on strategic planning and
operational execution while its staff gains the opportunity to
mentor Higher Achievement scholars. Through its after-school
program and summer academic programs, Higher Achievement provides
rigorous, year-round learning opportunities to young people from
at-risk communities, giving them the best opportunity to succeed in
middle school-and in life. Read the full press release here.
Censeo Adds Dr. Daniel Lee to its CIO Advisory
Dr. Daniel Lee left Boston Consulting Group to join Censeo's
management team in June 2013. He continues to emerge as a thought
leader among CIOs as demonstrated in this 6-minute interview on FedTV. Dr. Lee co-chaired the
American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council
(ACT-IAC) Cloud Acquisition Working Group, which included
facilitating working sessions with two dozen government executives
and helping crystalize a set of recommendations concerning ways
that government agencies acquire cloud services. As a result, Dr.
Lee was asked to speak at the AFCEA Bethesda Cloud Technology Symposium as a
subject matter expert on agency cloud acquisition issues. He also
spoke in May 2014 at the annual FOSE conference on data visibility.
Censeo CEO appointed to a Board position at Women in
Censeo's CEO, Raj Sharma, accepted a position to serve on the
Leadership Circle as a "Champion of Change" for the Women in Public Service Project, co founded by
Secretary Hillary Clinton. This position reflect Mr. Sharma's (and
Censeo's) dedication to bringing about positive change.
Censeo Celebrates Its 10-year
In July of 2013 Censeo celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Since
its inception, Censeo's goal was to build a new type of firm, one
that is truly collaborative, and one that is committed to
delivering tangible and measurable results. Censeo has helped its
clients realize over 10X the return for every dollar spent. This
has been possible because of the joint passion and commitment of
its clients and Censeo employees.
Going forward Censeo will continue to commit to help its clients
reduce waste, create operational efficiencies, and improve the way
it work with our supply chain partners.
Writing the book on procurement and supply chain
Censeo CEO Raj Sharma wrote a chapter in a nationally published
book titled "Governing to Win: Enhancing National
Competitiveness Through New Policy and Operating Approaches."
Mr. Sharma's chapter focuses on his work in procurement, and
provides nine recommendations for managing over 500 billion dollars
spend by the U.S. Government on purchased goods and services.
Read the full press release here.
Censeo Consulting Group Named to 2012 "Supply &
Demand Chain Executive 100"
Censeo Consulting Group was named to the 2012 Supply &
Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) 100 - "100 Great Supply Chain
Projects." The awards recognize supply chain solution and service
providers that are assisting their clients achieve supply chain
excellence and prepare their supply chains for the
post-recessionary return to growth.
Read the full press release here.